Anyone who wishes to discharge dredged or fill material into the waters of the U.S., regardless of whether on private or public property, must obtain a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and a Section 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC) from the state.
Anyone who wishes to discharge dredged or fill material into isolated wetlands in Ohio must obtain an Isolated Wetland Permit from Ohio EPA.
The 401 Water Quality Certification and Isolated Wetland Permitting Section reviews applications for projects that propose the placement of fill or dredged material into waters of the State, including streams, lakes and wetlands. The section also reviews required mitigation of issued permits and performs wetland research.
To make a complaint and/or report illegal fill activities, please email the Complaint Form [Word] to EPA401Webmail@epa.ohio.gov.
401 WQC FOR THE 2017 NATIONWIDE PERMITS
Click on the Nationwide Permits tab below for the most recent information.
NEW 401 RULES AND NEW APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE EFFECTIVE JAN. 2, 2017
New 401 rules (OAC 3745-32-01:03) will be effective January 2, 2017. Click here for information on the new rules.
With the new 401 rules, changes were required to the 401 WQC application form, impact tables and application instructions. Applicants are longer required to submit a preferred, minimal degradation and non-degradation alternative for their project. An alternatives analysis will still be required, but must be conducted in accordance with 40 C.F.R. Part 230, OAC 3745-1-05 and OAC 3745-1-54.
The new forms, impact tables, and application instructions are now available. Click on the Water Quality Certifications tab below to access the new materials.
Ohio EPA will continue to accept the old application form for six months after the effective date (July 2017) after which the new application form will be required. Once the new 401 rules are effective, the new application requirements will be in effect and will be expected for all submittals (See OAC 3745-32-03(B)).
New options to submit applications ONLINE beginning February 2017
Through the Ohio EPA eBusiness Center, applicants will soon have the option to prepare and submit applications and pay their fees online for the following applications: pre-application meetings, 401 water quality certifications, 401 director’s authorizations, and isolated wetland permits.
Once the forms are active, users will need to need to create an account through the eBusiness center and apply for a PIN in order to submit applications. Click here for help with the eBusiness center. More information about this system can also be found here.
More details and instructions about this new system will be coming soon.